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Post by Mike Joyce » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:11 pm

Hi Dee, I just read the No Depression article. Yes you are right the author does make some assumptions here about Glen and some of the songs.Galveston is the obvious one. However as we have discussed previously, even Jimmy was not happy with Glen's treatment of the song and considered it to be a "Lets go kick some [...]" version of what he had intended. Jimmy has always commented negatively about Glen's uptempo version and then finishing with "But I'm not complaining because it went top ten"
As regards to Glen's Republican image, I thought that was a commonly held view even in America. I.E the clean cut image etc. Glen himself has said he was a staunch Republican and a Ronald Reagan supporter when he was interviewed in the eighties etc, and has performed for all the Republican Presidents over the years. Glen even attended rallies in support of Reagan,so I don't think there is much room for movement there. I guess, also coming from a southern state would also tend to make people feel that is where his heart political heart is also.
In Britain,Country music, especially in the seventies was performed by artists who were all considered to be of that political persuasion as apposed to the more hippie personas of the likes of James Taylor, Dylan, Donovan. Image is a big part of what people see as the core values of the artist in question.
I think the author was a bit cynical in his item but did have respect for what Glen achieved musically. The other article I read by Daniel G. Moir was done with so much more affection.



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Post by Dee » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:27 am

For BobbieG and other fans of Bobbie Gentry, I am excited to post this wonderful article as well as the link to a new Bobbie Gentry website!
(Kudos to the Bobbie Gentry Fans fb group for sharing this information.)

The Secret Life of Bobbie Gentry, Pioneering Artist Behind 'Ode to Billie Joe'
How the singer-songwriter who knocked the Beatles out of the Number One spot 50 years ago quietly revolutionized country music

RollingStone
By Tara Murtha
August 21, 2017
"Ode to Billie Joe," a spooky wisp of a song by an unknown artist named Bobbie Gentry. Industry wisdom said "Ode" was too dark, too long, too different to get played on the radio.

Listeners wanted to knew two things: What did the song's narrator and Billie Joe McAllister throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge? And secondly, who the [...] is Bobbie Gentry?
Tara has previously written the only bio about Bobbie Gentry and her infamous song: Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe (33 1/3).


NEW! A Bobbie Gentry website created and managed by a fan in the U.K.: http://bobbiegentry.org.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This site is still in the development stage, and the administrator is welcoming submissions of photos, articles, etc.

Look for photos of Glen Campbell with Bobbie Gentry. :)



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Post by Dee » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:12 pm

Hi, Cowpoke,

As a follow-up to my post below, New Depression's tribute article to Glen Campbell, written by a British writer, also makes pointed remarks about Glen's alleged political views:
(Glen Campbell) made incendiary statements condemning anti-war protesters and pacifists in general and was an all-round flat-out Republican. Yet you never seem to hear anyone who knew him say a word against him.
Campbell turned ("Galveston", the song) into an expression of complete patriotism, a sing-along number to remind America of the great and noble sacrifices made by its troops.
It is frustrating as a fan to read these unfounded assumptions, isn't it?

Furthermore, the writer obviously lacks understanding about the meaning of "Galveston". I have never heard it described as "a sing-along number". LOL
Certainly, Jimmy Webb did not write this song as a reminder to Americans of "the great and noble sacrifices make by its troops". Actually, this statement sounds more like a put-down to Americans.

Perhaps Mike Joyce or other fans in Britain can help to explain why Glen was perceived as "an all-round flat-out Republican", a misconception that originally appeared in an online British newspaper article (of dubious nature) from years ago. In this newspaper article, the writer described Glen as a "staunch Republican" (without facts to backup this statement).

http://nodepression.com/article/i-know- ... -1936-2017" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Dee » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:20 am

@Cowpoke...

This post regards the August 8th RS Country obituary with video for Glen Campbell: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/new ... dead-at-81" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I watched the video and read the article again this week. Of all the tributes posted on the net since Glen's passing, only this online publication--from what I have seen so far--pointlessly (imo) includes or alludes to Glen's political views and affiliations.

First, the video starts with GC's appearance as entertainer at one of the national political conventions (Reagan's?); he is introduced by actor Charlton Heston (who later became the controversial president and spokesperson for the NRA in the U.S.).

Then, the article includes this quote, supposedly Glen's:
His (Glen's) first hit was a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's antiwar song "Universal Soldier." But Campbell's own political views tended to be conservative. "The people who are advocating burning draft cards should be hung," he said in 1965.
Did Glen actually make this pro-Vietnam war statement? Was he misquoted? Did he later refute it, if it did say this? Just curious. This quote surfaces from time-to-time and is misinterpreted, I think. (Perhaps the worst misinterpretation is on the USA's Newseum's webpage dedicated to the song "Galveston". Read the description just above the song's soundbite at http://www.newseum.org/2015/09/28/vietn ... galveston/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) Also, the RS writer did not even source the quote other than "he said in 1965".

In any case, it seems oddly and grossly irrelevant imo for RS to have included on Glen's obituary page any reference to politics.



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Post by BobbieG » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:04 pm

Have you all seen this video on a Gentry fan's channel with rare home movies of Miss Bobbie Gentry?
Rare and so precious,,,Set to a beautiful song that was written by her, too.
BG


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Post by Cowpoke » Fri May 19, 2017 2:45 pm

Cool. Thanks for that picture (and the correct name of the award), Dee!


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Post by Dee » Thu May 18, 2017 10:02 pm

Thanks so much for posting about Glen's latest award, Cowpoke.

This is a photograph of Glen's Outstanding Achievement Award shared by a fan, Dwight McCain, on social media.

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Post by Cowpoke » Wed May 17, 2017 2:58 pm

Glen was honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Music Business Association (established as the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) in 1958, its membership includes music retailers, distributors, and others involved in the sale of music and related merchandise).

https://www.facebook.com/glencampbellof ... 26/?type=3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Nice to see that Steve Wariner presented the award.


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Post by Dee » Sat May 13, 2017 9:53 pm

Vol. 2 holds its position at #8 on Billboard's 200 (week of May 20th)




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Post by Mike Joyce » Sat May 13, 2017 1:28 pm

Hi Dee,
That is great news about the album charting. It will surely bring in new young fans to Glen's music.
As regards Southern nights, I can see what you are saying. Personally I always felt it was Allen making the point that we live in a beautiful world in which we could all co exist peacefully but frustratingly in his mind, others seem to have lost sight of the joy to be found in life. If we just appreciated the world's natural beauty that is all around us, instead of fighting over territory or power, how much better it would be for us all to find the joy he has in a Southern night..
The NASA astronauts tend to feel the same way when they see the earth from space and come to realise, it is just one planet in the vastness of space, which we all share and need to take care of for future generations to benefit from.
The song is great poetry as Glen said.



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